Artist's Statement

Since graduating I have continually challenged my work and practice, and set expressive goals for myself; usually this is about conveying feeling to the viewer. I use abstraction as a medium for this, and I am particularly interested in mark making; how this affects the viewer.

Abstract art can reach into my soul and move and absorb me like no other art form. However it is the British landscape that inspires me and has always been my muse. I do not want to depict it I want to express it; by conveying the feelings I have for it.

I work my two loves in tandem; abstract painting and abstraction of the Somerset levels and moors. I strive to paint my feelings and not what I see! Since our lives are made up of millions of tiny moments, both positive and negative. They appear and disappear triggered by a word a moment in time a colour a place a smile building layer upon layer. This is how my paintings are built layering and glazing the paint influences the paintings final outcome; each layer building a picture of memory and experience.

“I will not be an artist until I have created a piece of work that cannot be discussed, only felt.” Steve Abrams

I endeavour to express a feeling of place with colour and marks; and create work that has the ability to be felt by the viewer and not deliberated upon.

The materials I use and the processes are an important part of my practice. I work in mixed media on wood panels as well as the occasional canvas. I now work mainly in oils with other media such as oil pastel, graphite, metal leaf, crayon, ink pencils and anything else that may fit the piece. This can be on canvas or board or on plaster on board.


My name Sharon Goodsall and I paint under the name of ‘ashar’
I retired and moved to Somerset in 2004 and found myself with little to do.
Consequently, I signed up for a Diploma in Art and Design in 2004. I had found me again!

Education in Fine Art
BTEC Diploma Foundation Studies (Art and Design) with merit. Yeovil College 2007
Foundation Degree in Arts (FdA) Fine Art University of Plymouth – SCAT 2011
BA (Hons) in Fine Art Plymouth University - SCAT 2012

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Shakspeare Gallery
Great Western House

Telephone: 01460 281 900

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My News

Resent Accomplishments / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2016-09-02T00:00:00Z">Fri 02 Sep 2016</span>Resent Accomplishments / Fri 02 Sep 2016

I have recently had a piece purchase by The Atkinson Gallery for The Millfield Collection of which I am particularly proud. I have also just been accepted by the Royal West of England Academy as an Artist Member. I ...

RWA 163rd Open / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2015-10-02T00:00:00Z">Fri 02 Oct 2015</span>RWA 163rd Open / Fri 02 Oct 2015

I am very happy to announce that one of my pieces ‘the other side of yesterday’ has been hung in the RWA 163rd open at the RWA Queen’s Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1PX from the 4th October to the 29th November 2015

Bath Society of Artist 110th Open / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2015-05-21T00:00:00Z">Thu 21 May 2015</span>Bath Society of Artist 110th Open / Thu 21 May 2015

'out there somewhere' has been hung in the Bath Society of artists 110th open exhibition at Victoria Art Gallery, Pulteney Bridge, Bath BA2 4AT. from 16 June to 27th July Tuesday - Saturday 10 - 5 Sundays 1.30 - 5pm

My Events

SAW Open Studio 2016 - Venue 25 / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2016-09-17T00:00:00Z">Sat 17 Sep</span> to <span  itemprop="endDate" content="2016-10-02T00:00:00Z">Sun 02 Oct 2016</span> <span>(2 weeks)</span>SAW Open Studio 2016 - Venue 25 / Sat 17 Sep to Sun 02 Oct 2016 (2 weeks)

Somerset Open Studio 2016 Venue 25 A New Body of Work – Exmoor and more! “Come up and see my work, at my studio overlooking the Parrot. You will see contemporary abstracted landscapes; my inspiration for this body ...

SCAN the Weekend / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2015-06-01T00:00:00Z">Mon 01 Jun</span> to <span  itemprop="endDate" content="2015-09-30T00:00:00Z">Wed 30 Sep 2015</span> <span>(4 months)</span>SCAN the Weekend / Mon 01 Jun to Wed 30 Sep 2015 (4 months)

SCAN the weekend Old Town Hall Somerton every weekend throughout the summer of 2015 four SCAN (Somerset Contemporary Artists Network) will be exhibiting at the Old Town Hall in Somerton on a rollover basis. So it ...

out of silence / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2015-07-07T00:00:00Z">Tue 07</span> to <span  itemprop="endDate" content="2015-07-28T00:00:00Z">Tue 28 Jul 2015</span> <span>(3 weeks)</span>out of silence / Tue 07 to Tue 28 Jul 2015 (3 weeks)

at Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre from 7th July to 26th July 2015 see Taunton Live Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre School Road, Taunton, TA2 8PD Our lives are made up of millions of tiny moments, both positive and negative, th...